BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES - WINTER 2020 Program Guide - Program Guide Updated November 21, 2019

BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES - WINTER 2020 Program Guide - Program Guide Updated November 21, 2019
Program Guide

Program Guide Updated
  November 21, 2019
BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES - WINTER 2020 Program Guide - Program Guide Updated November 21, 2019
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines is a powerful association of men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a
shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community.
With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures every
individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow, and thrive. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just
to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
Though the world may be unpredictable, one thing remains certain - the Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, secure
and connected children, families and communities.

WHAT WE DO                                                                                                                 FACILITY HOURS
The Y provides support to empower people and communities. We nurture the potential of every youth and teen,                 Monday - Thursday
help others improve health and well-being, and create opportunities to give back to the community.                         4:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
OUR MISSION                                                                                                                4:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
OUR BELIEF                                                                                                                 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
We never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. The Y strives to make its facilities and programs accessible                Sunday
to all. For more information, please contact your local branch or visit                8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CONTACT US                                                                                                                  LEARN & PLAY
210 N. Warrior Lane Waukee, IA 50263                                                                                        CENTER HOURS
P:     515.987.9996                                                                                                         Monday - Thursday
W:                                                                                                       8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                           4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION                                                                                                       8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Don’t miss out! Winter program registration opens Friday, November 22 at 5:00 a.m. for YMCA Members
                                                                                                                           4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
and Friday, December 6 at 5:00 a.m. for Non-Members, unless otherwise specified.                                                 Saturday
     This icon indicates registration is required at least one week before the program start date unless otherwise         8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
specified. Register early to secure a spot. Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment.
                                                                                                                           9:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
            Alicia King         Early Learning Center Director                       515.249.8091
            Betsy Wilson        Member & Business Services Director                     515.868.0533
            Courtney Owen       Regional Wellness Director                         515.868.0505
            Gretchen Stanger    Youth & Family Director                         515.868.0501
            Jackie Kato         Aquatics Director                                    515.868.0513
            Jeff Lauridsen      Sports Coordinator                                515.868.0510
            Jen Rose            Group Exercise Coordinator                         515.868.0504
            Joelle Kleihauer    Senior Program Executive Director                 515.868.0507
            Karyl Palmer        Head Swim Coach                                     Please E-Mail
            Tricia Brock        Mind & Body Program Coordinator                     515.868.0504

2           Zach Elsbecker      Associate Executive Director                      515.868.0512
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Membership Rates
When you join the Y you join a community of caring adults and families working together to make central Iowa healthy and strong. You
may come looking for a facility, classes, or better health, but you will also find new friendships and a sense of belonging, support for
your healthy lifestyle and family, and a feeling that you are part of something bigger.

YMCA membership provides you access to the following YMCA of Greater Des Moines locations: Boone County Family YMCA, John R.
Grubb Community YMCA, Indianola YMCA, South Suburban YMCA, Walnut Creek Family YMCA, Waukee Family YMCA, and Wellmark
YMCA. You’ll also have access to dozens of YMCAs outside the Greater Des Moines area through our Reciprocal Membership Program.

The Y strives to make its facilities and programs accessible to all. Household incomes under $50,000 may qualify for financial
assistance; documentation will be required. For more information, please contact our Welcome Center or visit

            Membership                               Monthly
                Type                                   Rate

              (19 - 64)

  (1-2 adults residing in the same                   $83.50
 household and dependent children
       under the age of 26)

           Senior Family
           (1 adult 65+)
              (9 - 18)

   Full-Time College Student
      (Verification from college                       $35
         registrar required)

Administrative Fee: $19.95 (a one-time payment upon joining)
Please inquire when joining regarding any corporate agreements the Y may have with your employer or health insurance provider.

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Preparing Youth For Success

    EARLY LEARNING CENTER                                              HANDS ON ART
    FULL DAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM                                         AGES 18 MONTHS - 3 YEARS
    AGES 3 - 4 YEARS                                                   WITH PARENT OR GUARDIAN
    The Waukee Family YMCA’s Early Learning Center offers a            Little ones squish, squash, and splat their way to creating
    full-day Academic Preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds          their very own masterpieces. This class will help children
    to support working parents and guardians. We provide a             explore art through a variety of textures, colors, paint, and
    developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum which             more. Bring a parent and dress for mess!
    emphasizes learning through play while promoting
    development of physical, cognitive, social and self-help           Tuesdays           Jan. 7 - 28           10:45 - 11:20 a.m.
    skills. Now accepting enrollment!                                  Tuesday            Jan. 7 - 28           5:30 - 6:05 p.m.

    Monday - Friday        Year Round       8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.      $25/Member
    $165 per week/Member
    $185 per week/Non-Member
                                                                       BUILDING BUDDIES
    EARLY LEARNING CENTER                                              AGES 18 MONTHS - 3 YEARS
    ACADEMIC PRESCHOOL                                                 WITH PARENT OR GUARDIAN
    AGES 2 - 4 YEARS
                                                                       Do you have a little engineer? Join us for a fun class in
    Half-day Academic Preschool is offered at Immanuel
                                                                       building. We will use different materials each week to build
    Lutheran Church in Waukee. The program builds on a child’s
    natural desire to learn new things and become more self-
    reliant. Getting along with other children, taking turns, and
    working in a group are a natural part of development and           Mondays           Feb. 3 - 24             10:45 - 11:20 a.m.
    learning new skills. The Preschool is an exciting and              Wednesdays        Feb. 5 - 26             5:30 - 6:05 p.m.
    challenging place, helping children stretch their skills in mind
    and body along with making new friends and having                  $25/Member
    wonderful experiences. Classes begin in September.                 $35/Non-Member
    Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year begins
    January 20!
                                                                       WIGGLES & SQUIGGLES
    EARLY LEARNING READINESS                                           AGES 18 MONTHS - 3 YEARS
    AGES 3 - 5 YEARS                                                   WITH PARENT OR GUARDIAN
    This parent/child program is designed to create an                 Dance, move, and groove! Join us for a class to get your little
    environment where parents and caregivers can develop               ones dancing and moving to the rhythm of the beat. In this
    skills to better interact with their children while encouraging    class we will dance to different songs, play instruments, and
    learning through a variety of activities. Educational and          learn new songs to sing.
    social skills will be modeled in a preschool environment.
    This program is located at Immanuel Lutheran Church.               Mondays           Mar. 2 - 30            5:30 - 6:05 p.m.
                                                                       Mondays           Mar. 6 - Apr. 3        10:30 - 11:05 a.m.
    Tues. & Thurs.      Jan. 7 - Jan. 30       9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Tues. & Thurs.      Feb. 11 - Mar. 5       9:30 - 11:30 a.m.       $25/Member
    Tues. & Thurs.      Mar. 24 - Apr. 16      9:30 - 11:30 a.m.       $35/Non-Member
    Tues. & Thurs.      Apr. 21 - May 14       9:30 - 11:30 a.m.


     For more information regarding Early Learning Center
      programs, please contact Alicia King, Early Learning
            Center Director, at 515.249.8091 or
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Preparing Youth For Success

TINY TUMBLERS                                                       LITTLE ARTISTS
AGES 18 MONTHS - 3 YEARS                                            AGES 3 - 6 YEARS
WITH PARENT OR GUARDIAN                                             Art is a wonderful sensory exercise that helps young children
Children and their parent will have fun stretching, jumping, and    explore the world around them through color, texture, and
playing together. This class emphasizes basic tumbling,             material. This class is designed to let your kids explore art
stretching, and moving together. Children will have the             concepts using a variety of materials. Activities foster
opportunity to use our equipment and explore new activities at      creativity and imagination. Participants will create a
their own pace.                                                     masterpiece each week.

Sundays           Jan. 5 - Feb. 2        4:45 - 5:20 p.m.           Tuesdays           Jan. 7 - 28            10:00 - 10:35 a.m.
Thursdays         Jan. 9 - 30            10:45 - 11:20 a.m.         Tuesdays           Jan. 7 - 28            6:15 - 6:50 p.m.
Wednesdays        Feb. 5 - 26            10:45 - 11:20 a.m.
Saturdays         Feb. 8 - 29            10:00 - 10:35 a.m.         $25/Member
Wednesdays        Mar. 4 - Apr. 1        5:30 - 6:05 p.m.           $35/Non-Member
Fridays           Mar. 6 - Apr. 3        10:45 - 11:20 a.m.

$30/Member                                                          LITTLE CHEFS
$40/Non-Member                                                      AGES 3 - 6 YEARS
                                                                    Do you have a mini who loves to be in the kitchen? Little
                                                                    Chefs is a perfect class for children to learn basic kitchen
TUMBLE TOTS                                                         safety skills, begin gaining confidence in their abilities, be
AGES 3 - 6 YEARS                                                    adventurous in flavors and foods, and make delicious treats.
Jump, roll, hang, and have fun! Join in activities to build hand-   Your child will love feeling helpful and independent as we
eye coordination, motor skills, and social development. Our         create a new snack each week.
staff will guide children through fun activities on our equipment
as we build confidence and social skills.                           Mondays            Feb. 3 - 24            10:00 - 10:35 a.m.
                                                                    Wednesdays         Feb. 5 - 26            6:15 - 6:50 p.m.
Sundays           Jan. 5 - Feb. 2        4:00 - 4:35 p.m.
Thursdays         Jan. 9 - 30            10:00 - 10:35 a.m.         $30/Member
Wednesdays        Feb. 5 - 26            10:00 - 10:35 a.m.         $40/Non-Member
Saturdays         Feb. 8 - 29            10:45 - 11:20 a.m.
Wednesdays        Mar. 4 - Apr. 1        6:15 - 6:50 p.m.
Friday             Mar. 6 - Apr. 3       10:00 - 10:35 a.m.         LITTLE SCIENTISTS
                                                                    AGES 3 - 6 YEARS
$30/Member                                                          Science is all around us! Adults and their children will explore,
                                                                    ask, discover, and experiment as we learn basic science
                                                                    concepts in this hands-on class that encourages and
                                                                    celebrates your child’s natural curiosity.

                                                                    Mondays            Mar. 3 - 30            6:15 - 6:50 p.m.
                                                                    Fridays            Mar. 6 - Apr. 1       11:15 - 11:50 a.m.


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Building Confidence & Character During Out Of School Time

ROCKIN’ ROBOTICS - 100 LEVEL SERIES                              SUPER FOODIES
KINDERGARTEN - FIFTH GRADE                                       KINDERGARTEN - 5TH GRADE
This specialized STEAM program gives students a lively           Kids will have a blast in this hands-on class, learning nutrition
introduction to building and programming robots using Lego       and cooking skills. As a group, we will learn about a wide
bricks and award-winning WeDo software. Students will            variety of foods and kids will prepare a new recipe each class.
bring their imaginations to life while exploring the world of
pulleys and gears through the creation of robots and then        Wednesdays          Feb. 5 - 26          7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
bring them to life through coding.                               Saturdays           Feb. 8 - 29          11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Mondays            Jan. 6 - Feb. 24         5:15 - 6:15 p.m.     $50/Members
                                                                 ART AROUND THE WORLD
                                                                 KINDERGARTEN - 5TH GRADE
ROCKIN’ ROBOTICS - 200 LEVEL SERIES                              Explore creativity, discover artistic technique, and build self-
3RD - 8TH GRADE                                                  esteem in this art class that will take us around the world.
In this specialized STEAM program, students build                During each class, children will create a masterpiece from a
sophisticated bots using Lego bricks and award-winning           different area of the world.
WeDo software. They will build and animate communication
tools from the past, present, and future tech world like         Wednesdays          Mar. 4 - Apr. 1      7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
telegraphs, phones, TVs, and other gadgets kids dream up
using Lego. Create sophisticated Minecraft characters and        $50/Members
tools from diamond swords to spawning sheep using Lego           $60/Non-Members
and then bring them to life through coding.

Mondays            Jan. 6 - Feb. 24      6:30 - 8:00 p.m.


Discover the world of painting! In this class, your child will
engage in a creative process through art. Each class will
offer a different themed paint project you’ll treasure for
years to come!

Tuesdays           Jan. 9 - 30           7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.


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Building Confidence & Character During Out Of School Time

KINDERGARTEN - FIFTH GRADE                                          KINDERGARTEN - 5TH GRADE
No school? No problem! We’ve got you covered with                   The Waukee Family YMCA’s Child Care program will offer all-
enrichment programs to keep the kids engaged and having             day child care during scheduled no school days at Brookview,
fun all morning long!                                               Eason, and Waukee Elementary schools. Join us for a full-day
                                                                    of fun activities planned just for students in kindergarten -
MACHINE MAKERS                                                      fifth grade. Please contact Heather Jackson to register at
1ST - 3RD GRADE                                                     515.868.0508.
Students will learn the basic principles behind physical science
and simple machines: gears, wheels, axles, levers, and pulleys.     Thursday          Jan. 2                6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Using Lego Education Kits, your budding engineer will design        Friday            Jan. 3                6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
models based on themes and they get to create their own             Monday            Jan. 20               6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
designs, too!
                                                                    Friday            Feb. 26               6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                                                                    Monday            Mar. 16               6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday              Jan. 3                9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Tuesday           Mar. 17               6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                                                                    Wednesday         Mar. 18               6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                                                                    Thursday          Mar. 19               6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                                                                    Friday            Mar. 20               6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
During this course, students will be exploring broad concepts
in the areas of force and motion, simple machines, and energy.
The main objective is for students to explore the engineering       $35 per day/Members
and design processes. Each class will involve building a K’NEX      $35 per day/Non-Members
model according to the instructions, then testing it and
thinking about ways to change or improve the model.

Friday              Jan. 3                9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Unleash your inner scientist with a morning filled with
experimentation. This hands-on science adventure will engage
the minds while having fun!

Friday              Jan. 17               9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Children will experiment with different cooking methods and
spend the morning preparing a delicious lunch for themselves
while learning the value of eating a well-balanced diet . . . all
while having fun!

Monday              Jan. 20               9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Let’s make a deal! Now is your chance to join in on your very
own game show - join us for a an exciting program as we
challenge ourselves to work through different activities shown
on new - and old - game shows. The morning will be filled
with problem solving, competitions, teamwork, and FUN!

Monday              Jan. 20               9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

         $30/Member, per date                                                                                                       7
         $40/Non-Member, per date
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Bringing Families Together

PARENT’S DAY OUT                                                    FLICK AND FLOAT
AGES 6 WEEKS - 12 YEARS                                             FAMILY EVENT
At our Y, we encourage quality family time but recognize the        Bring your family and float around the pool while watching a
importance of providing parents an opportunity to relax and         movie on the big screen! All children are required to have an
enjoy your own personal time. Parent’s Day Out will provide a       adult with them in the pool, and each family is responsible for
safe and positive environment for your child while you find         bringing their own floatation device.
time for whatever makes your life happy and balanced.
Remember - a happy parent makes for a happy child! A meal           Sunday            Jan. 19    Mrs. Doubtfire      3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
will be served.                                                     Sunday            Feb. 16    Hook                3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
                                                                    Sunday            Mar. 15    Toy Story           3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday           Jan. 2                 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday         Jan. 22                 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
                                                                    FREE for YMCA Members
Tuesday           Feb. 25                 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday            Mar. 20                 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thursday           Mar. 26                10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Parent’s Night Out is an evening filled with fabulous activities.
A special agenda will be planned just for the kids with art,
exercise, obstacle courses, group games, and more . . . all in a
safe, supervised, and FUN environment. Children in
kindergarten through age 12 will have the option to swim
during this event. A meal will be served.

Friday             Jan. 10                5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday          Jan. 25                 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday          Feb. 1                  4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday            Feb. 14                 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday          Feb. 29                 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday            Mar. 13                 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.


Our Y is happy to celebrate important events with you! We
recognize the importance of children reaching milestones and
spending quality time with family and friends. Let us help your
family make your child’s day special through fun      activities
in a space surrounded by positive values.

 Registration is required at least 2 weeks in advance and is
 based on facility availability. Contact Gretchen Stanger, Youth
 & Family Director, today to discuss our party package options
8and make a reservation for your special day!
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Enhancing Physical & Social Skills

YOUTH BASKETBALL - SECOND SEASON                                     GIRLS ON THE RUN
3 YEARS OLD - 8TH GRADE                                              3RD GRADE - 5TH GRADE
With a mission centered on healthy lifestyles, we provide            Girls on the Run is a transformational, physical activity based,
programs that foster connections through active sports that          positive youth development program. We teach life skills
provide a fun environment for our youth. We believe bringing         through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The
together friends and families with shared interests in a positive    program culminates with girls being physically and emotionally
environment benefits and strengthens our community. Join us          prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal
as we continue to encourage healthy competition,                     of the program is to unleash confidence through
sportsmanship, and teamwork on and off the court.                    accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of
                                                                     health and fitness. See for sites and
Youth Basketball - Second Season is an abbreviated season to         schedule.
build upon the skills learned in our first season youth basketball
league.                                                              SPRING SESSION DATES
                                                                     Feb. 24 - May 15
Kindergarten-2nd grade will practice every other Sunday
afternoon beginning January 26. Times and locations are              Register online Jan. 10 - 24 at
determined by the coach. Games are played at Waukee area
schools on Saturday morning or afternoon beginning February          STRIDE
8.                                                                   3RD GRADE - 5TH GRADE
                                                                     STRIDE is a fun afterschool character development program for
3rd-8th grade teams will practice one night per week beginning       boys. Each STRIDE team meets twice per week for 10 weeks.
February 3. Games are scheduled to be held at Waukee or              Trained volunteer coaches start each session with an
West Des Moines schools between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.              introduction of the day’s character-building lesson, followed by
                                                                     a warm-up, group discussion, running workout, and interactive
**An all-sports YMCA jersey is required to participate and is        games. At the conclusion of the ten week session, the boys
available at our Welcome Center for $15. Registration                celebrate by participating in a 5k with their coaches, parents,
deadline is January 19.                                              and running partners.

AGES 3 - 4                                                           Mar. 23 - May 29
            Saturdays 9:00 a.m. –noon Feb. 8 - Mar. 7
            $54/Member**      $74/Non-Member**                       Register opens Feb. 1 at

YOUTH BASKETBALL - SECOND SEASON                                                             We Need You!
5 YEARS AND/OR KINDERGARTEN - 2ND GRADE                               Volunteer coaches are needed for our basketball, Girls On The
            Saturdays                Feb. 8- Mar. 7                    Run, and STRIDE programs. If you are interested in being a
            Practices will be held every other Sunday afternoon.       positive role model and looking for a way to be involved in
            $64/Member **             $84/Non-Member**                    your community, please contact our Sports Program
                                                                      Coordinator at 515.868.0510 or
                                                                                         for more information.
3RD - 4TH GRADE                                                      TAEKWONDO
            Saturdays               Feb. 8 - Mar. 7                  4 YEARS & UP
            Practices will be held one night per week.               Tae Kwon Do is said to be the most practiced martial art in the
            $69/Member**            $89/Non-Member**                 Western World and classes are available in almost every city in
                                                                     the United States. When you start training in TKD, you are
YOUTH BASKETBALL - SECOND SEASON                                     embarking on a path that will be unlike anything you have ever
5TH - 8TH GRADE                                                      undertaken. It takes perseverance and self control—two of the
            Saturdays               Feb. 8 - Mar. 7                  five tenants you will learn through TKD that will help you in
            Practices will be held one night per week.               many aspects of your life.
            $75/Member**            $95/Non-Member**
                                                                     Please visit the Warrior Tae Kwon Do website for more
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Teaching Safety Around Water

AGES 3 - 14
Our swim lesson program focuses on swimming technique and skill in four competitive strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. Learn
the foundation and skill needed to become safe and comfortable in the water progressing in all four strokes to prepare for a competitive swim team if
there is an interest.
                   PRESCHOOL                               SCHOOL AGE                              TEEN
                   AGES 3 - 5                              AGES 5 - 12                             AGES 10 - 14
                   Water Comfort Level 1                     Water Comfort Level 1                  Water Comfort Level 1
                   Coordinate Skills Level 2                 Coordinate Skills Level 2              Coordinate Skills Level 2
                   Independent Swimming Level 3              Independent Swimming Level 3           Independent Swimming Level 3
                                                             Intro Stroke Technique Level 4
Level 1: Water Comfort. Freestyle - moving arms and legs independently; blowing bubbles with face in the water; practice gliding/kicking to the wall
with feet up and face in the water; Backstroke - float, kicks, arms moving independently; back float to front swim; front swim to back float. Water
Safety - jump from wall, swim to the wall with assistance.

Level 2: Coordinate Skills. Freestyle - combine skill: kicks with bubbles; arms with bubbles; kicks, arms, and bubbles together; body position: eyes in
water, swim short distance to wall; Backstroke - combine kicks, arms, swim short distance; front swim to back float to front swim;
Elementary Backstroke - float, arms, kick; Breaststroke - intro. Kick, arms; Water Safety - jump from wall, swim to the wall with minimal assistance.

Level 3: Independent Swimming. Freestyle - swim, learn to breathe to one
side; Backstroke - refine complete stroke with proper technique; Elementary
Backstroke; Breaststroke - kick, arms, timing; Butterfly - intro. Kick, arms,
intro. stroke.

Level 4: Intro Stroke Technique. Freestyle - swim, learn to breathe both
sides; Backstroke - refine complete stroke with proper technique; Elementary
Backstroke; Breaststroke - refine stroke, timing; Butterfly - refine stroke,
timing; Turns - open, flip.

Please Note: The same skills are taught in each level for each age group;
however, since older kids tend to be more developed in their coordination,
more advanced skills can be incorporated accordingly. Preschool levels can be
incorporated into School Age lessons when ready to progress to upper level
swim skills. Also, ages overlap to offer options to the child’s comfort level
with an “older” or “younger” group.

         Group lessons are 30 minutes each and are offered Monday -
         Thursday mornings 9:30-11:20 a.m., Monday and Wednesday
         evenings 4:00-7:50 p.m., Saturday mornings 9:00 a.m.-12:10 p.m.,
         and Sunday afternoons 12:00-1:50 p.m.

         Winter Session 1: Jan. 4—Feb. 16 (6 weeks)
         *No classes Jan. 11 & 12 due to Swim Meet
         Winter Session 2**: Feb. 17—April 5 (6 weeks)
         *No classes Mar. 16— Mar. 22 due to Spring Break

         For a specific schedule, please check online at
         or contact our Welcome Center.

10       $60/Member
Teaching Safety Around Water

PARENT AND CHILD                                                             ADAPTIVE SWIM LESSONS & ADAPTIVE SWIM TEAM
AGES 6 MONTHS - 3 YEARS                                                      AGES 5 YEARS - ADULT
Parent and Child swim lessons are a gentle introduction to basic             Adaptive Swim Lessons are for participants with physical or
swimming skills, water comfort and safety to prepare babies for              mental limitations which prevent them from participating safely
swim lessons through fun, songs, and games. A parent                         in Youth Group Swim Lessons. Potential students are
participates in the water with the baby during each 30-minute                evaluated through a questionnaire to ensure qualification. All
lesson.                                                                      lessons are 30 minutes in length and include one-on-one
A - Water Discovery is designed for children ages 6 months - 1.5 years.      instruction with a Swim Instructor who is experienced in
B - Water Exploration is designed for children ages 1.5 years - 3 years.     coaching individuals with special needs.

                               Winter 1
                                                                             Adaptive Swim Team: Upon the recommendation of our
                                                            B - Water        Adaptive Swim Coach, participants may have the opportunity to
$45/Member · $90/Non-Member       A - Water Discovery
                                                           Exploration       participate in our Adaptive Swim Team based on endurance skill
Tues.       Jan. 7 - Feb. 11           6:00 p.m.            6:30 p.m.        and readiness. Participants may choose to compete in the
                                                                             Special Olympics in the spring!
                                   11:30 a.m. (A&B)       11:30 a.m. (A&B)
Thurs.        Jan. 9 - 13
                                     or 6:00 p.m.           or 6:30 p.m.     Winter Session 1
Sun.       *Jan. 5 - Feb. 16           12:00 p.m.          12:30 p.m.        Tuesdays: Jan. 7 – Feb. 11
                                                                             Fridays: Jan. 10 – Feb. 14
             *No class Sunday, Jan. 12 due to Swim Meet                      Saturdays: Jan. 4; Jan. 18; Feb. 1; Feb. 15; Feb. 29; Mar. 14

                               Winter 2                                      Winter Session 2
                                                            B - Water        Tuesdays: Feb. 18 – Mar. 31 (No class Mar.17)
$45/Member · $90/Non-Member       A - Water Discovery
                                                           Exploration       Fridays: Feb. 21 – Apr. 3 (No class Mar. 20)
Tues.     Feb. 18—Apr. 31**            6:00 p.m.            6:30 p.m.
                                                                             Private lesson classes are scheduled with Coach Michelle.
                                   11:30 a.m. (A&B)       11:30 a.m. (A&B)
                                                                             Please contact Aquatics Director, Jackie Kato, to qualify and
Thurs.     Feb. 20– Apr. 2**
                                     or 6:00 p.m.           or 6:30 p.m.     register.
Sun.       Feb. 23—Apr. 5**            12:00 p.m.          12:30 p.m.
                                                                             Adaptive Swim team meets Fridays from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
         **No classes Mar. 16 – March 22 due to Spring Break
PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS                                                         $150/Non-Member
Get to the “next level” in your swimming ability with Private
Swim Lessons! Whether you need help to overcome a barrier in
                                                                             ADULT GROUP SWIM LESSONS
swimming or need refinement to master a stroke or technique,
                                                                             AGES 15 & UP
Private Lessons will help through individualized instruction. We
                                                                             Learn basic swimming skills or refine your swimming technique
tailor 30-minute lessons to your specific goals with the same
                                                                             with an experienced Swim Instructor helping you to overcome
instructor for consistency and continuity aimed at improving
                                                                             fear, gain comfort in the water, or assist you in learning and
YOUR stroke.
                                                                             refining techniques to meet your personal swimming goals!

Semi-private or small group lessons are also available with
participants pre-coordinated upon scheduling and may include
                                                                             Winter Session 1: Jan. 5 - Feb. 16 (no class Jan 12)
family, friends, and/or classmates. These lessons work best
when individuals are close to the same level of swimming ability.            Winter Session 2: Feb. 23 – April 5 (no class Mar. 22)

Please schedule private, semi-private, or small group lessons                Water Comfort:               10:00 -10:45 a.m.
directly with our Aquatics Director, Jackie Kato. All lessons are            Stroke Technique Intro:      11:00 -11:45 a.m.
scheduled and confirmed upon payment. Package pricing
available: purchase 9 lessons, get the 10th FREE!                            $80/Member
                                                                             $160/Non-Member                                                 11
Mastering Aquatics Skills - Youth & Adult

WAUKEE MARLINS SWIM TEAM                                                 TRIATHLON SWIM
AGES 6 AND UP                                                            AGES 15 & UP
DSMY is a year-round competitive youth and adult Swim Team               Maintain your triathlon swim training with Coach Mark, USAT
offering high quality, professional coaching and technique               Level 1 and ASCA level 2 Coach certified. Refine your
instruction for all ages and abilities. We offer training at six of      swimming skills to improve your individual stroke technique,
our YMCA branches in the Greater Des Moines area. DSMY is a              efficiency, and endurance while making new friends who are
member of YMCA Swimming, USA Swimming, and Masters                       also interested in triathlons! Build your endurance through
Swimming.                                                                multiple lap swimming with a structured workout and
                                                                         underwater/above water video for individual improvements.
SWIM TEAM TRYOUTS                                                        All levels are welcome!
Information can be found online at
                                                                         Wednesdays        Year-Round             5:30-6:30 a.m.
For more information, please visit
    or contact Head Coach
                                                                         $50 per month/Member
                                                                         $100 per month/Non-Member
AGES 6 - 14
Aquatics in Action offers many opportunities for youth to learn
                                                                         AGES 18 & UP*
and improve swimming skills while increasing swim endurance
                                                                         The Waukee Family YMCA partners with North Iowa SCUBA
and self-confidence. This program refines stroke technique
                                                                         to offer SCUBA instruction through PADI - the world leader in
through swimming multiple laps and is a great introduction to a
                                                                         dive training. *Teens may participate with parent in class
competitive swim team program without the commitment of a
                                                                         upon instructor approval.
team (no swim meets) but with all the FUN of swimming!
Participants should complete all levels of Group Swim Lessons
including instruction in Breaststroke and Butterfly before                       DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
moving into Aquatics in Action.                                                  Get a 60-minute introduction to basic skills and
                                                                                 safety measures needed to take your first breaths
Level 1: Participants have completed all swim lesson levels and are
ready to start lap swimming and build endurance with stroke technique.
Level 2: Participants are ready to swim continuous laps integrating
                                                                                 Scheduled upon request
coached swim sets to build endurance, stroke refinement, and speed.              $50

Saturdays        Winter Session 1: Jan.4—Feb. 15 (no class Jan. 11)              PADI OPEN WATER DIVER
                                                                                 Upon completion of this course, the student is fully
Saturdays        Winter Session 2: Feb. 22—April 4 (no class Mar. 21)
                                                                                 qualified to SCUBA dive in open water without
         AIA LEVEL 1                  AIA LEVEL 2
         AGES 6 - 9                   AGES 10 - 13
                                                                                 Winter Session 1     Sundays         Jan. 5, 19, 26
         9:00 -10:00 a.m.             10:00 -11:00 a.m.
                                                                                 Winter Session 2     Sundays         Feb. 2, 9,16
                                                                                 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Youth & Adult Aquatics Programs

AQUATICS TO RESTORE HEALTH                                         SPRING BOARD DIVING PROGRAM
AGES 17 & UP                                                       AGES 9 & UP
With the goal of improving a patient’s quality of life,            Come learn the basics or refine your advanced diving skills with
Community Health Partners (CHP) provides personalized and          our experienced Coach, Alix! All participants must pass our
group aquatics therapy services. The goal is to return each        swim test (one length freestyle & one minute treading water),
patient safely and quickly to previous levels of activity while    feel confident in the water, and accept the challenges of learn-
providing medically guided exercise and wellness programs.         ing to dive (including muscle soreness). All diving will occur on
Aquatics to Restore Health is a group water exercise class         our 1-3 meter spring diving boards.
designed with these goals in mind. Individualized water
therapy is also available.                                         Sundays
                                                                   Winter Session 1: Jan. 5 – Feb. 16 (no class Jan. 12)
         Mondays & Fridays                 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.        Winter Session 2: Feb. 23 – Apr 5 (no class Mar 22)

Free for YMCA members                                              Level 1: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.            Level 2: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

OPEN DIVING                                                        $75/Member
FUN!                                                               $150/Non-Member
No skill needed here - it’s all about fun! A spring diving board   OPEN DIVING
will be open for your enjoyment. Show us your best cannon          BASIC SKILLS & COMPETITIVE START DIVES
ball, starfish, or pencil jump! Please note: you must pass our     ALL AGES
swim test to participate.                                          Our experienced Y staff will assist in teaching basic
                                                                   progressive diving skills for beginners off the pool deck. For
         Saturdays                   12:00 - 2:00 p.m.             our Swim Team participants, we will also have a start block
                                                                   open for extra practice and coaching!
FREE for YMCA Members
                                                                            Saturdays                     1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

                                                                   FREE for YMCA Members

Water Exercise Classes

The Waukee Family YMCA offers a variety of drop-in water exercise classes which provide a great workout while
being gentle on your joints. Water workouts are a great alternative to the impact that land based workouts can place
on your body. Participants are encouraged to work at their own level of ability while having an opportunity to make
new friends. Many groups are spotted having a cup of coffee together in the lobby after class!
Water exercise classes are free to YMCA members. Please stop by our Welcome Center or visit for
Water Exercise class schedules. Schedules are also available on our mobile app: YMCA of Greater Des Moines (be
sure to select the Waukee branch location when browsing class times).

AQUA FIT                                                           RUSTY HINGES
This class is designed for aerobic conditioning using the          This class will create low impact aerobic workouts, muscle
resistance of the water and is designed to strengthen your         conditioning and stretching in our warm recreational pool to
lower and upper body. This class is held in the deep end of our    help rejuvenate and maintain muscular strength.
recreation pool and is ideal for members looking for low-to-
moderate aerobic conditioning.
                                                                   DEEP WATER
                                                                   Our deep water exercise class is ideal for aerobic and muscle
ACTIVE ADULTS                                                      conditioning in the lap pool to increase overall muscle
This class offers an aerobic and stretching workout adaptable to   development and strength with the challenge of completing laps
all ages and fitness levels.                                       using kick boards and floats.

                                                                   If you are looking for a great all-around water workout, this
                                                                   class is for you! Using both the shallow and deep ends of the
                                                                   pool, this class covers workouts from high cardio to muscle
                                                                   strengthening exercises.

                                                                   This class is specifically designed for expecting moms or moms
                                                                   recovering from childbirth, no matter how old your children are.
                                                                   The goal is to help you keep up your fitness routine while safely
                                                                   guiding you through the pre and post pregnancy process among
                                                                   friends going through the same thing.

                                                                   EARLY BIRD
                                                                   This class combines cardio and conditioning for the early
                                                                   morning enthusiasts. This class is sure to energize you so you
                                                                   are ready to tackle anything your day may bring.

                                                                   AQUA ZUMBA
                                                                   Make a splash by adding this low-impact, high-energy class to
                                                                   your fitness routine - all to a fun and inspired soundtrack!

Supporting A Healthy Lifestyle

 WELLNESS ORIENTATION                                            PERSONAL TRAINING
 At Waukee Family YMCA we want you be successful on your         At the Y, you will find a welcoming, nurturing environment to
 wellness journey. To aid in this, we offer all of our members   work towards your goals and build relationships. Through
 free Wellness Coaching. Wellness Coaching is a great option     personal training, we are committed to helping you grow in
 for any level of exerciser. Our Coaches can help those who      spirit, mind, and body.
 are new to exercise develop a plan that works in their busy
 life. They can help those who are ready for new or different        Reach your goals more efficiently.
 goals start moving in another direction. If you struggling
                                                                     Build confidence and knowledge.
 with motivation, they are skilled at helping member to
 prioritize and determine next steps. They can even help you         Overcome boredom and plateaus.
 work through your healthy eating challenges and habits. If          Boost motivation and commitment.
 you are interested in using the weight equipment, fitness           Learn new techniques and tools.
 center, group exercise classes, ActivTrax, or even Personal
                                                                     Hold yourself and friends accountable.
 Training, our Wellness Coaches can help to make sure you
 are heading in the right direction based on your personal           Integrate wellness with your lifestyle.
 goals. Contact the Welcome Center at 987-9996 or email to set up an appointment today!               Please contact the Regional Wellness Director,
                                                                       Courtney Owen, at
 FREE for YMCA members.
                                                                 A fee applies.
 A fun, new concept at the Y! Do you have a group of 4 (or       MEDICAL PROGRAMMING
 more) friends that you would like to work out with? Let us      With the goal of addressing chronic disease and disability in
 know, and we will find the perfect Certified Training for you   our community, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines and
 that works with your schedule! Enjoy a small group personal     Community Health Partners have joined together to offer
 training setting with encouragement and motivation to           medical programming at the Y. We connect individuals
 ensure success on your terms. These 45-minute, once or          seeking to better understand and manage their health with
 twice weekly (semi-reserved) classes will be designed with      experts who are licensed/certified in areas like pain
 your group in mind!                                             management, heart health, diabetes, and neurological
             Choose from several Small Group
                Personal Training options!                                   Y members get unlimited access to:
                                                                     Exclusive, evidence-based classes with proven health
                                                                      outcomes that include pre/post testing plus
                                                                      individualized assessments.
                                                                     FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) bike sessions.
                                                                     Mobile technology for personal health risk
                                                                      assessment, health education, exercise videos,
                                                                      healthy recipes and more.
                                                                     Better Your Health weekly sessions with:
                                                                           - Opportunities to review/adjust your
                                                                             exercise program
                                                                           - Access to physical therapists and health
                                                                           - Blood pressure screenings
                                                                           - Fall risk assessments
                                                                           - Educational Presentations
                                                                           - Social gatherings and fellowship

                                                                     Please contact Mary LaBarre for more information.
Active Older Adults

Staying active and building relationships are essential to maintaining our health and well-being as we age. Active
Older Adults (AOA) programming at the Waukee Family YMCA is an excellent way to nurture these goals. AOA is
designed for individuals ages 55+ but is open to all Y members. Here’s a sampling of ways you can get involved with
the AOA community.

Coffee and conversation every morning (4:30 - 11:00 a.m.), cookouts at Centennial Park, potlucks, I-Cubs games, Christmas cookie
exchange, and so many more fun opportunities to connect with your peers!

Earl May Gardening, Hy-Vee Dietician Wellness Workshops, and more!

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. . . . beginners welcome!

Better Homes and Gardens showroom, DMACC Culinary School, Pumpkin Patch

See AOA-specific classes on our schedules.

Free Wellness Orientation to better connect you to our community.

Expert guidance to manage chronic disease - see more information at

                                   Most AOA offerings are free with your YMCA membership!
                           For more information, please contact Janelle ·

Group Cycle  Group Exercise  Mind & Body

 The Waukee Family YMCA proudly provides classes within our wellness department for all ages! Check out our drop-
 in group exercise classes - a great way to build community and wellness accountability in a group setting. Group
 exercise classes are included in your membership fees at no additional cost.
 The YMCA offers many group exercise classes to help support you in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. In addition to the
 dozens of classes offered each week at the Waukee Family YMCA, hundreds of classes are accessible to you at our
 metro locations. Anyone 14 years of age or older may participate in classes. Youth ages 8-13 must participate with
 an adult.
 For a complete listing of our group exercise classes, please visit our Welcome Center, download our app, or check us
 out at

ACTIVE OLDER ADULTS (AOA)                                           BOOM MUSCLE BY SILVER SNEAKERS
This program is designed for active older adults to effectively     Incorporates athletic-based exercised that improve upper body
learn how to use a variety of fitness formats that help to build    conditioning. You’ll move through several “blocks,” which are
strength, cardiovascular fitness, balance, and flexibility, but     groups of exercises that focus on different muscle groups. The
most of all have fun. You don’t have to be an active older adult    focus of this class is on toning muscles and building overall
to take this class.                                                 strength. Silver Sneakers Friendly.

AOA CYCLE                                                           BREATHE & FLOW YOGA
AOA Cycle is an indoor cycle class for Active Older Adults. This    Breath and movement combine to create harmony and help you
30 minute class provides a cardio and strength workout in a fun     find a yoga practice that is both energizing and relaxing.
environment. Easy instruction is provided. All participants work    Utilizing foundational yoga poses with options to add or reduce
at their own level. Participants of any age are welcome to          intensity.
                                                                    CARDIO BARRE
BARRE                                                               Kick barre class up a notch by adding cardio moves!
An invigorating complete body workout fusing ballet, Pilates,
and yoga to create a strong core and sculpted lean muscles.         CORE REVOLUTION
                                                                    Crunches and sit-ups aren’t the only way to obtain strong
BODYPUMP®                                                           abdominals. By focusing on core endurance using a variety of
BodyPump® is one of the world’s fastest ways to get in shape        exercises and equipment and using your deep stabilizers you will
as it challenges all of your major muscle groups while you squat,   learn to take your core to the next level.
press, lift, and curl to chart-topping music! The 45-minute
version focuses on 8 Les Mills Body Pump tracks; the 60-            CXWORX®
minute, 10 tracks.                                                  Core-focused workout using resistance tubes, weight plates,
                                                                    and body weight exercises plus hip, butt, and lower back
BOOM MIND BY SILVER SNEAKERS                                        exercises. All the moves in CXWORX® have options, so it’s
Strength. Confidence. Flexibility. Mind takes the best from yoga    challenging but achievable for your own level of fitness.
and Pilates and combines them into one fusion class. Designed
to relax the body and mind with peaceful music and invigorating     DANCE FUSION
movements. The focus of this class is on core muscles, lower        Dance Fusion is a mixture of low intensity and high intensity
body strength, and balance.                                         moves that creates a fun, international, interval style calorie
                                                                    burning fitness dance class for all.
A higher intensity 30-minute dance workout class that improves      ENERGY FLOW YOGA
cardio endurance and burns calories. MOVE IT is all about           Energy Flow is our offering for yoga lovers looking for an
breaking a sweat and having fun. The class focuses on cardio        invigorating challenge. Expect advanced poses and deep flows
endurance by starting with simple dance moves then building         to build strength, endurance, and energy.
into more complex sequences, bringing you a great cardio

Group Cycle  Group Exercise  Mind & Body

EXPANSION YOGA                                                      H.E.A.T. (HIGH ENERGY AEROBIC TRAINING)
Pulling in mentally and expanding out physically. A moderate        If you like cardio conditioning along with a great strength
intensity class for those wishing to expand their yoga practice     workout, you will love HEAT! This is a hardcore training-
while also offering less intense options. Let your practice be      inspired class with a short warm-up followed by plyometrics,
open to possibilities!                                              body strength exercises, and running.

FULL BODY FIT                                                       MELLOW MOVEMENT YOGA
This class combines interval and circuit training by alternating    Gentle yoga poses blended with thoughtful moving meditations.
cardio-based drills with strength-based exercises. A great class    This class shares the same goals as our other yoga classes but
to challenge all abilities.                                         at a lower intensity.

GENTLE YOGA                                                         PILATES
This class will move at a slower pace than Yoga and is the most     A total body conditioning method combining flexibility, strength,
gentle of our yoga classes. Great for the beginner, this class      and balance. The purpose of this class is to focus on improving
uses restorative poses and supportive yoga props.                   posture as well as your core.

GROUP CYCLE                                                         STEP
Get ready to sweat! This class offers a combination of strength     A great low-impact and moderate intensity workout that
and endurance training through hill climbs, sprints, and athletic   combines patterns on and around the stop. May include muscle
drills.                                                             conditioning and stretching. This class may include intervals.

Group Cycle  Group Exercise  Mind & Body

 TAI CHI                                                                    YOGA
 An ancient form of “soft” martial arts which is now practiced for          This is a class that practices the sequencing of poses that are
 benefits including increased strength, range of motion, the                put together with the intention of gaining strength, flexibility,
 reduction of pain, better balance, posture, and relaxation. It is          and balance of the spirit, mind, and body.
 appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.
                                                                            YOGA ESSENTIALS
 TAI CHI FOR HEALTH                                                         Yoga Essentials welcomes all levels! This class provides a solid
 This is an internationally evidenced-based form of exercise used           foundation for movement-based yoga. Includes basic poses,
 to relieve pain, improve health, and relieve stress. It is                 fundamentals of alignment, and yogic breathing. This class will
 approved by the Centers for Disease Control as a fall prevention           lead you towards balancing mind, body, & spirit.
 program. It is easy to learn, appropriate for all levels, and is a
 great beginning Tai Chi program.                                           YOGA STRENGTH
                                                                            Everything you love about yoga plus a total-body workout
 TOTAL CARDIO                                                               designed to work every major muscle group by blending yoga
 A class for all ability levels. Class includes athletic drills, interval   postures with light weights. The perfect compliment to a regular
 and circuit training all rolled into one. A great addition to              yoga practice.
 anyone’s cross-training routine.
 TOTAL STRENGTH                                                             A fun, high-energy aerobics workout for all fitness levels. You
 This is a muscle strength and endurance class designed to help             learn by watching the Latin inspired moves and feeling the beat
 tone and sculpt the entire body using a variety of exercises and           of an eclectic array of music.
 resistance equipment such as weights, balls, and tubing. This
 class may use interval style format as well.

 TurboKick takes athletic moves, sports drills, hip hop flavor, and
 mixes them into easy-to-follow combinations. Many of the
 moves are kickboxing specific for strength and endurance

 This is a Yoga class with an emphasis on lengthening the deeper
 connective tissues surrounding the joints through longer held,
 passive and gentle poses.

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